Reviews for BioShock (RoW)

95

A masterpiece you should definitely play

Forceflow | April 26, 2013 | See all Forceflow's reviews »

The opening sequence of this game ranks between the best in video game history, right up there with the iconic Black Mesa train ride.

Your first hour in Rapture will just consist of soaking up the atmosphere: the great art-deco design, listening to audio logs, contemporary music, ... You really believe that this underwater utopia was once a living, breathing city, which makes the contrast with what your're about to unleash within its nautical environment shine brighter.

The combat is a combination of standard shooting and magic-like powers (fire, freeze, ...) It's frantic and fast-paced, in a good way.

The story is engaging, and the NPC's you meet along the way all have their unique back story and terrific voice acting.

Due to its inventive use of the Unreal Engine 3, this game has aged brilliantly: dynamic shadows, wet surface effects ... put to great use.

Wholeheartedly recommended.

95

I love it!

spongengebob | March 22, 2013 | See all spongengebob's reviews »

I love the game! It has a brilliant atmosphere, an even better story and great graphics! Everyone who wants to have a shooter where you don't fool occurs, due to the lame story should buy Bioshock! There are many scenes where there is a cold running down his back, noises in the dark and then suddenly a screech and something is in front of you! It is one of the few games in which one story is interesting and not just dull effort. You have to ask you the question: Am I good or bad? But For me it's the best FPS, at least until March 26, 2013 ;)

82

BioPhenominal!

DonVercetti | March 7, 2013 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

The one thing that really pops to mind in this title is the atmosphere, you can really get into easily. This atmosphere is further emphasized by the phenomenal sound. Surround sound is rarely used as well and the old-fashioned soundtrack you will hear is fantastic. There are always sounds present, making you feel like you're living in a city. Besides the growling of the Big Daddy's and the conversations between the Splicers there are many background sounds to finish it. Additional kudos should be given to the great voice acting, because this quality is not often achieved.

96

Simply amazing

Tebeku | March 3, 2013 | See all Tebeku's reviews »

BioShock is one of the best games that I have ever had the pleasure to play. What really separates BioShock from other games is the amazing atmosphere. The city of Rapture that the game takes place in is beautiful and rich in story, and even if this isn't your type of game I'd still recommend it solely for that.

91

*The* spiritual successor to System Shock

Neohoodman | Feb. 28, 2013 | See all Neohoodman's reviews »

While not having the same depth as System Shock 2 in its heyday, Bioshock still offers a great variety of combat options. Stats are no more, tonics and plasmids are the future. This allows for combat that makes the player take a different approach each time there is an encounter. Zap 'em, whack 'em, burn 'em, there is no end to how you can combo enemies to death. The story follows the same template as System Shock 2 (players of both will instantly recognize similarities) Bioshock still keeps fresh thanks to the setting and atmosphere, which is completely different from System Shock 2.

Bioshock must be regarded stand alone from System Shock to be enjoyed the fullest; the game is gorgeous, has a good story, terrific atmosphere and fun gameplay and will keep you entertained until the end.

All I can say is, would you kindly buy this game and play it!

90

One of the best games ever!

CrysisX | Feb. 25, 2013 | See all CrysisX's reviews »

Bioshock takes place in Rapture, an underwater city filled mostly with genetically mutated people. In this game, you fight your way to escape this city by earning new weapons and powers like for example, electricity coming right out of your hand! The places in the city are well made and the storyline is interesting to keep you in-game for hours. The voice acting and the sound effects on the other hand are pretty good as well. This game has two endings so choose wisely, you wouldn't want to get the bad one!

95

Fantastic experience

barniman | Feb. 25, 2013 | See all barniman's reviews »

I first played this back in 2007 when it came out and it absolutely blew my mind. The world is amazing and it's extremely detailed, they really did a great job with creating a world that can be easily extinguished from anything you've seen in a game before.The action is well excecuted too, you have your weapons all of which can be upgraded and you also have plenty of "spells" at your disposal like telekinesis or sending a bunch of bees to your enemies for example. :) It's all in great fun, you can set trap, combine these abilities in a way that they do much more destruction (water + lightning anyone?) etc. While i don't technically agree that this is the best FPS ever created, it's definitely among the best one, if you haven't had a chance to play it so far, you definitely should now. ;)

88

A great shooter with rpg elements

panz3r88 | Feb. 23, 2013 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Bioshock is a must have for fps fans. The game has an interesting story and during the game you will meet many cool character. Bioshock is not only a shooter: during the game you will gain experience and you can use it to improve your skills and weapons and be more effective against the enemies. In the various levels you can decide to face the enemies directly or to use a stealth approach. The enemy AI is good and during the game you will face very strong enemies like the Big Daddy: they have a lot of health and they will kill you in a few seconds if you are not ready with a good strategy

90

Fantastic

celdiruen | Feb. 23, 2013 | See all celdiruen's reviews »

Bioshock is a fantastic game. The atmosphere is superb. The world of Rapture is richly detailed and extremely immersive, and the story interesting. The combat is quick, with a combination of regular shooting and spells, with a decent variety of each. You'll be pulled into the world of Rapture as you explore and progress along the story, and you won't be able to put the game away.

95

A gorgeous, entrancing, terrifying shooter.

actionjohnson | Feb. 22, 2013 | See all actionjohnson's reviews »

Bioshock is a rare breed. It's one of very few games that will entrance you so deeply into it's world that leaving it for so much as grabbing water is difficult transition. Bioshock crash lands you into this mysterious underwater civilization called Rapture. This is really all you should know before going into it, because the less you know going into it, the more you will get out of the mystery of it all. In basic, it is one of the most immersive, incredible worlds in modern fiction. The combat mechanics are a lot of fun, mixing shooting with magic called Plasmids. It allows for constant diversity and endless ways to go about any situation, and it's all hugely satisfying. Bioshock is a classic, one of the greatest games of it's generation, and is something that should be experienced by everyone.

93

Worth it Experience

rstokes | Feb. 22, 2013 | See all rstokes's reviews »

Hands down one of my favorite first person shooters of the current generation. Atmosphere, customization, splicers, and the ability to shoot bees out of your hands, this game has just about everything. The story will keep you paying attention and the games rock solid mechanics will keep you replaying this game for years to come

99

Best. FPS. Ever!

FreeMan85 | Feb. 21, 2013 | See all FreeMan85's reviews »

The first BioShock has earned the best FPS Game Ever title and not unworthy. The whole game is perfect in anyway. the graphics, the design, the music, the characters, the atmosphere, the story, the whole world of Rapture. the eerie atmosphere of the dead city which is full with insane Splicers and many mystery. And those ever green songs which fill the games at every corner. The game play is like any FPS, but in BioShock you can use many plasmids - genetic enhancements - to light fire, electrify, send a swarm of bees, freeze, send to the air, etc. your enemies. Our weapons also a bit weird to use and to looks. Especially the bolt and grenade launcher. their upgrades also looks weird, but make them more effective, if you can find the Power to People machines. You can also use passive Tonics too boost your strength, resistance, shock or turn fire your enemies or make you invisible. And of course you can hack almost everything: turrets, wending machines, cameras to turn them at your side. The graphics maybe dated since use the old Tribes: Vengeance engine a few tweaks and a bit Unreal3 upgrade. Gladly the art design with Art Deco looks dazzling, you feel you want to live in Rapture! Every piece of every corner, room, neon ads, poster looks detailed and professionally made. And for exchange the game runs fine middle range PCs too. Sounds of Rapture are amazing, every noise, music, footstep, gunfire, hacking sounds, door opening are unique and even it doesn't feel real - like a ship horn-like sounds in the underwater - it fits in to the game 100%. The voice-acting also brilliant, especially Andrew Ryan and Fontaine voice. They give a detailed characteristics, even if most the people you encounter can only know via tapes.

If you know the System Shock games, simply you like the '50s type game or utopian/dystopian satires, or you simply want to play a good FPS pick up BioShock! You won't regret, ever!